Leadership: Joshua and Caleb (part 3 of 4)

Posted on February 15, 2012 by


From our study of leadership in Numbers 13:25 – 14:4, we have already discussed 2 principles that should inform our own leadership.

  • The difference between an obstacle and an opportunity has only to do with God’s plan.
  • To fail to seize a God-ordained opportunity, even in the face of great difficulty, is to rebel against God.

Today we will look at the third principle.

Our failure to obey in faith may have grave consequences for us and for others.

A watershed moment in Israel’s history.  On the brink of entering the promised land, and now destined to wander for 40 years, until an entire faithless generation has died.  God did forgive them, as we’re told in verse 20, but that didn’t change their punishment.  A generation died in the wilderness.  Disobedience has consequences – it did for Israel then, and it does for us today.

Did you know that the people did eventually change their minds and decide to listen to Joshua and Caleb?  Yes, but it was too late.  After God’s judgment on the nation was reported by Moses, the people decided to try to take the land.  Look at verses 39-45 of chapter 14.  They try to go and take the land, but they were badly defeated because the Lord was not with them.  They’d blown their chance.  God is not obliged to present us with the same opportunity again and again until we decide to get it right!  We need to use the eyes of faith in the moment, because that moment may not present itself again.  More than this, there may be a price to pay for disobedience that will impact not only our lives, but the lives of people around us.  This is serious business.